This session will be presented by Nick Blundell and Matthew Shepherd from Illuminate ICT , a UK non-profit organisation that provides low-cost Drupal website design and hosting to the community, voluntary and non-profit sector, and will focus on the use of a newly developed (about to be released) open source command-line tool called drool (drupal tool).
drool automates the mundane tasks of managing Drupal websites on a server and also offers a few more novel features, which include:
* Creating new sites
* Installing modules and themes directly from drupal.org
* Hosting multiple Drupal versions
* Cloning one drupal site to another - handy when you don't want to start a site from scratch.
* Packing up whole sites (e.g. configuration and data) into single file packages that can be shipped across and unpacked onto another server.
* Rapid theme design by automated skinning of images (i.e. chopping/slicing them up for css scaling) onto a special drool theme. For example, you can draw an image for a block, skin it; draw an image for the page, skin it; draw an image for the header/footer, skin it. By definition, the applied skins will stretch to hold dynamic content (e.g. a wide/narrow, long/short side-bar block/page/header/footer/user-specified regions).
In practice, the command looks something like this: